Newsletter 10/2018

Thank you for ANTI Festival 2018!
Co-creating festival works
Highlights
Future DiverCities Lab #3
ANTI 2018 in images
Changes in ANTI team


Thank you for ANTI Festival 2018!

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival was organised in Kuopio, Finland between 25th and 30th September 2018. The festival brought together artists and audiences from across Finland and over 15 different countries. The audiences experienced multidisciplinary contemporary art, explored public spaces and played together as the festival works commented on the ideas of play, playfulness, games and gaming.

The festival events took place around the city of Kuopio in 15 different locations; on streets, on a boat, in parks, gym, church and squares.

Nearly 10 000 participants attended festival events in Kuopio and 30 000 people followed us on social media.

ANTI Festival 2018 collaborated with local professionals in games and gaming, Games for Health Finland network and International Game Developers Association, Kuopio Hub.

A warm thank you to the festival artists, audiences, staff members, volunteers and partners!

The next ANTI Festival will be organised in September 2019, and the theme of the festival will be released in January.


Co-creating festival works

We invited the residents of Kuopio and other audiences to take part in creating some of the festival works. Mark Harvey and John Court directed workshops where local people took part in creating the Drop Kick sculptures of recycled materials.

Christopher Weymann from Theatre of Research directed Playing Up workshops in a local school prior the public Playing Up events. The workshops were cheered by both the kids and the teachers.

In the Wrestling Club workshops, artists Emil Uuttu, Lotta Suomi, Marlon Moilanen and Konsta Ojala prepared participants’ bodies tothe Wrestling Club performances, as the workshop participants performed with the artists.

Still Life by Signe Becker, Rosalind Goldberg and Ingvild Langgård was performed by a local choir, Vox Polaris and dancer students from Riveria Outokumpu.

Wrestling Club. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen
Wrestling Club. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

Highlights

One of the highlights of the festival was experienced on 28th September when Tania El Khoury’s new work, The Search for Power premiered. The Search for Power is co-commissioned by ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art 2017 and Shubbak Festival (UK), and the performances at ANTI were fully booked.

The 2018 winner of the ANTI Live Art Prize was revealed on 29th September by a short film simultaneously published online and screened during the ANTI Prize Party in Kuopio. The 2018 winner of the Prize is the Finnish artist Sonya Lindfors. ANTI Prize Party featured a hypnotic show by a New York based singer Joseph Keckler.

Tania El Khoury (LB): The Search for Power. Kuva: Pekka Mäkinen
Tania El Khoury (LB): The Search for Power with Ziad Abu-Rish. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

Future DiverCities Lab #3

ANTI Festival also hosted the third Future DiverCities Lab in Kuopio prior and during the festival. In the Lab, artists from different artistic backgrounds and around the globe worked together in the frame work of the Future DiverCities project, in relation to each other, the local environment and community; sharing practices and engaging members of the community in artistic interventions.

Kuva: Pekka Mäkinen
Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

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Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot. Photo: Ville Hakulinen

ANTI 2018 in images

Videographer Kim Saarinen and photographers Pekka Mäkinen and Ville Hakulinen documented the festival events throughout the festival week.

More amazing images in the Best of ANTI 2018 album on our Facebook page! See the best video clips on our Vimeo page, for example, Postcard from ANTI 2018: Part 1!

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Action Hero (UK): Oh Europa. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen


Changes in ANTI team

ANTI Festival Manager Elisa Itkonen will be on maternity leave starting from 11th October 2018. Jyri Väisänen will start as Elisa’s substitute on 2nd January 2019. Jyri’s contacts are jyri@antifestival.com and +358 50 305 2005.

Artistic Director – Senior Manager Johanna Tuukkanen will take care of general administration of the organisation for the rest of the year. Johanna’s contacts are johanna@antifestival.com and +358 50 305 2485.

ANTI will be more silent than usual for the rest of the year. In January, Johanna and Jyri will start working full-time on ANTI Festival 2019 and our other activities!

 

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Tristan Meecham and Johanna Tuukkanen enjoying ANTI 2018. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen
Jyri Väisänen vasemmalla. Kuva: Pekka Mäkinen
Jyri Väisänen on the left. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

10 000 people exploring ideas of play and games

Media release 1.10.2018

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival was organised in Kuopio, Finland between 25th and 30th September 2018. The festival brought together artists and audiences from across Finland and over 15 different countries. The audiences experienced multidisciplinary contemporary art, explored public spaces and played together as the festival works commented on the ideas of play, playfulness, games and gaming.

The festival events took place around the city of Kuopio in 15 different locations; on streets, on a boat, in parks, gym, church and squares.

Nearly 10 000 participants attended festival events in Kuopio and 30 000 people followed us on social media.

ANTI Festival 2018 collaborated with local professionals in games and gaming, Games for Health Finland network and International Game Developers Association, Kuopio Hub.

A warm thank you to the festival artists, audiences,
staff members, volunteers and partners!

The next ANTI Festival will be organised in September 2019, and the theme of the festival
will be released in January.


Co-creating festival works

We invited the residents of Kuopio and other audiences to take part in creating some of the festival works. Mark Harvey and John Court directed workshops where local people took part in creating the Drop Kick sculptures of recycled materials.

Christopher Weymann from Theatre of Research directed Playing Up workshops in a local school prior the public Playing Up events. The workshops were cheered by both the kids and the teachers.

In the Wrestling Club workshops, artists Emil Uuttu, Lotta Suomi, Marlon Moilanen and Konsta Ojala prepared participants’ bodies tothe Wrestling Club performances, as the workshop participants performed with the artists.

Still Life by Signe Becker, Rosalind Goldberg and Ingvild Langgård was performed by a local choir, Vox Polaris and dancer students from Riveria Outokumpu.

Wrestling Club. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen
Wrestling Club. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

Highlights

One of the highlights of the festival was experienced on 28th September when Tania El Khoury’s new work, The Search for Power premiered. The Search for Power is co-commissioned by ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art 2017 and Shubbak Festival (UK), and the performances at ANTI were fully booked.

The 2018 winner of the ANTI Live Art Prize was revealed on 29th September by a short film simultaneously published online and screened during the ANTI Prize Party in Kuopio. The 2018 winner of the Prize is the Finnish artist Sonya Lindfors. ANTI Prize Party featured a hypnotic show by a New York based singer Joseph Keckler.

Tania El Khoury (LB): The Search for Power. Kuva: Pekka Mäkinen
Tania El Khoury (LB): The Search for Power with Ziad Abu-Rish. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

Future DiverCities Lab #3

ANTI Festival also hosted the third Future DiverCities Lab in Kuopio prior and during the festival. In the Lab, artists from different artistic backgrounds and around the globe worked together in the frame work of the Future DiverCities project, in relation to each other, the local environment and community; sharing practices and engaging members of the community in artistic interventions.

Kuva: Pekka Mäkinen
Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

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Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot. Photo: Ville Hakulinen

ANTI 2018 in images

Videographer Kim Saarinen and photographers Pekka Mäkinen and Ville Hakulinen documented the festival events throughout the festival week.

More amazing images in the Best of ANTI 2018 album on our Facebook page! See the best video clips on our Vimeo page, for example, Postcard from ANTI 2018: Part 1!

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Action Hero (UK): Oh Europa. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

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Sonya Lindfors is the 2018 Winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art

Media release 29.9.2018

Finnish artist Sonya Lindfors was announced as the 2018 winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art on Saturday 29th September. Lindfors was revealed as the 5th winner of the prestigious prize by a short film simultaneously published online and screened during the ANTI Prize Party in Kuopio, Finland.

The prize, at €30,000, is one of the richest in the arts, and is awarded annually to an artist or artist collective. ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art is the world’s first prize dedicated to live art.

The 2018 shortlist comprised Lindfors and three internationally celebrated artists from across the globe; All The Queens Men (Australia), Nic Green (United Kingdom) and Jeanne van Heeswijk (Netherlands). Their work shares an urgent fascination with the questions of our time, essaying ideas of inclusion, equality, community, diversity, feminism, power, blackness.

The 2018 jury was chaired by Jacques Rancière (France), one of the most significant and influential philosophers of our time. The jury is completed by renowned performer and choreographer Eisa Jocson (Philippines) and Lois Keidan (United Kingdom), co-founder of the London Live Art Development Agency.


The Jury states of the winner:

“Her practice is of vital importance to its immediate contexts and Lindfors works to allow others to work, to create spaces of exchange and dialogue where previously they were missing. Her contribution to arts and culture is quickly becoming essential, foundational to the sets of social discourses around equality, diversity, gender, and sexuality that are reshaping our world.”

Read the full jury statement on our website.

Sonya Lindfors receives a cash prize of €15,000 and the same amount in the form of a production grant for bringing a new work to the ANTI Festival 2019.


Sonya Lindfors (FI)

Sonya Lindfors is a Helsinki based Finnish artist who works with choreography, facilitating, community organizing and education. She is the founding member and Artistic Director of UrbanApa, an inter-disciplinary and counter hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new discourses and feminist art practices.

In her work, Lindfors deals with issues of power, structures, representation and othering. Her recent series of stage works; NOIR? (2013), NOBLE SAVAGE (2016) and COSMIC LATTE (2018), centralizes questions around blackness, black body politics, race and representation.

Lindfors is interested in creating and facilitating anti-racist and feminist platforms, where a festival, performance, publication or workshop can operate as the site of radical collective dreaming.

www.sonyalindfors.com


More information

www.liveartprize.com

on our website and Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival, +358 50 305 2005.

The short film: vimeo.com

Press photos: antifestival.com/media

ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art is organised by ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival and supported by Saastamoinen Foundation.

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ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art – Jury Statement 2018

We wish to thank the generosity of the four remarkable shortlisted artists for sharing their work with us. It has been a pleasure and privilege to encounter the work of these artists operating across diverse practices, using very different strategies, but united in their shared commitment to affect and to change; they stand as agents of change – social, political, personal, collective, change. They remind us of the breadth and depth of Live Art as field of activity, their brilliance underling its urgent presence in social and cultural life. We also wish to thank ANTI Festival and the Saastamoinen Foundation for establishing and supporting an award that can celebrate four artists as varied, as exciting, as vital and as needed as this year’s shortlist.

Our task as a jury was incredibly difficult, to find a winning artist amongst this group, one also united by a shared sense of generosity, generosity shown to their audiences, their collaborators, their participants and to the constituencies and communities their work contributes to. All The Queens Men bring people together in ways that are truly impactful and joyous, giving space and time to people, to communities and to histories on a scale, and with ambition, that is nothing short of epic. Their work transcends the initial impulse and presence of the artist and becomes a singular moment in time.

The socially embedded and responsive work of Jeanne van Heeswijk creates dialogue and exchange, opening out city space and urban life by asking a series of fundamental questions on how to live with each other and how the frameworks of policy, governance, capital and community variously inhibit and engender ideas of home. van Heeswijk’s process-based projects brilliantly challenge our thinking around what art is, what it can do and how we identify it.

The jury was deeply impressed by Nic Green’s work and would like to extend special mention of that here. Her capacity for invention, her ability to blur the borders between performance forms, the incredibly vivid presence of the body in her work, often her own body, her extensive skills as a performer and as a maker of performance are clearly displayed across an impressive range of productions for the stage and other contexts. Green’s sense of composition, her choreographic understanding of structure, allied to a set of concerns that are urgently, eloquently and forcibly expressed make for a growing body of performance work that impresses, shocks and inspires.

Sonya Lindfors’ live works, her interventions in social space, literary space and her contribution to public dialogue and exchange have created an urgent set of questions around who speaks and to whom. Lindfors’ choreographic practice produces interrogative space, dialogic space, an embodied black space, that deeply and purposely problematizes expectations. The impulse of her performance work and the bodies found there, hidden, revealed and playfully evoked challenge our sense of ‘the canon’; what other histories and trajectories run through this space and which do not, which haven’t featured – what voices, what bodies, remain missing? Lindfors’ work questions assumption, it questions us in our act of witnessing. In their stillness, their silence her performances watch us – as they move, speak, stand, observe, we engage in something of the same process; we begin to re-apprehend cultural space – who is it for, who works there, who is allowed to work and who attends to its potentials.

Her practice is of vital importance to its immediate contexts and Lindfors works to allow others to work, to create spaces of exchange and dialogue where previously they were missing. Her contribution to arts and culture is quickly becoming essential, foundational to the sets of social discourses around equality, diversity, gender, and sexuality that are reshaping our world. Lindfors works with the body, she works with movement and choreography to articulate and to question the place, the provenance and potentials of the body, her body, to cause change. For this, and for the equally extraordinary work we know will follow, we are thrilled to award the 2018 ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art to Sonya Lindfors.

Jacques Rancière
Eisa Jocson
Lois Keidan


Highlight of the ANTI Festival week is awarding ANTI Live Art Prize

Media release 29.9.2018
The highlight of the festival week is the awarding of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art at ANTI Prize Party, today at 21.00 in restaurant Panza (Ajurinkatu 26) – featuring a show by a New York based singer, musician, writer and artist Joseph Keckler (in the image), hailed by the New York Times as ”major vocal talent whose range shatters the conventional boundaries”.
Also, we present yet another premiere work, Still Life by Signe Becker, Rosalind Goldberg and Ingvild Langgård at 12.00 and 14.00 in a church (Ampujanpolku 2).
For audiences of all ages, games are on at The Swivelympics by Richard DeDomenici at ANTI pop-up play space (Hallikatu 14)!
Full programme of the weekend!

ANTI Prize Party

Saturday 29.9. 21.00-24.00
Restaurant Panza | Ajurinkatu Street 26

We announce the 2018 winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art in a video event that will be screened in a live event in Kuopio. At the same time, ANTI Prize Party is the festival club
you don’t want to miss!

Joseph Keckler (US)

Featuring a show by a New York based singer, musician, writer and artist Joseph Keckler, hailed by the New York Times as ”major vocal talent whose range shatters the conventional boundaries”.Calling on a powerful and versatile voice, Joseph Keckler shares highlights of his work: humorous vignettes, haunting ballads, and wild arias about contemporary life that spiral out towards the mythic.

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ANTI Live Art Prize Shortlisted 2018 in Kuopio

Saturday 29.9. 14.00
Gallery Ars Libera | Suokatu Street 30, Kuopio

Welcome to meet the 2018 shortlisted artists for the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art! All The Queens Men (Australia), Nic Green (United Kingdom), Jeanne van Heeswijk (Netherlands) and Sonya Lindfors (Finland) will present their work and discuss with ANTI Festival’s artistic directors Gregg Whelan and Johanna Tuukkanen as well as with the audience!

The event is organised in collaboration with the artist association Ars Libera.

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Becker (NO), Goldberg (SE) & Langgård (NO): Still Life

Saturday 29.9. 12.00 & 14.00
Sunday 30.9. 15.00
St John’s Church | Ampujanpolku Street 2

In Still Life, scenography, choreography and sound together create an ever changing tableau. The scenery first seems frozen and arrayed. In the course of time, it will grow and morph into living, three dimensional images with sound – constantly changing shape and meaning. Still Life is as much of a concert as a performance: the scenography and sound will be choreographed, the dancers will turn into scenography and the sound will be dancing.

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Richard DeDomenici (UK): The Swivelympics

Saturday 29.9. 10.00 – 15.00
ANTI pop-up play space | Hallikatu 14

Welcome to The Swivelympics – your chance to achieve international sporting greatness without standing up! The aim of Swivelympics – other than world peace and human understanding – is to complete the most number of spins in
one self-propelled push in a standard office swivel chair.

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New openings and discussion at ANTI Festival

Media release 27.9.2018

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival is running in Kuopio, Finland. We open new works and host discussion meetings today and tomorrow, see below!

Also remember the programme which opened in the beginning of the week and continues till Saturday.

For more information: Elisa Itkonen, +358 50 305 2005, elisa@antifestival.com.

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ANTI Live Art Prize Shortlist 2018, Helsinki

Thursday 27.9. 17.00
Publics | Sturenkatu Street 37-41 4B) Helsinki

Welcome to meet with the 2018 shortlisted artists for ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art! All The Queens Men(Australia), Nic Green (United Kingdom), Jeanne van Heeswijk (Netherlands) and Sonya Lindfors(Finland) will present their work and discuss with Publics’ artistic director Paul O’Neill and the audience.

The event is organised in collaboration with Publics.

We announce the 2018 winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art in an online short film and ANTI Prize Party on Saturday 29th in restaurant Panza, Kuopio!

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How do we talk about games?

Thursday 27.9. 18.00
Restaurant Malja | Kauppakatu Street 29

Discussion and network meeting.
The working language of the evening is Finnish.

How do we talk about games (in Finland)? What kind of conceptions do we have of video and mobile game-playing? How is gaming used in our everyday life and, for example, in arts? How could we benefit more from gaming in different social fields? How could we create operational models and communities through gaming?

We have invited specialists on games and gaming from different contexts to discuss these questions. After the panel discussion we will continue with informal networking!

The event is organized in collaboration with IGDA Kuopio, Games for Health Finland and The Finnish Critics’ Association (SARV).

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Meetlab (HU): TRON

TRON continues from Petonen to the city centre!

Thursday 27.9. 18.00 – 22.00
Friday 28.9. 18.00 – 24.00
Saturday 29.9. 18.00 – 22.00
Koljonniemenkatu Street 3

We invite people of Kuopio to play TRON, the legendary and simple one-on-one video game, laser projected on a wall of a building. TRON takes us back in time to the creation of our first video games. Let’s play, cheer and challenge the winners all night long!

A Kuopio based dj, DJ Tesno adds party vibes to TRON on Friday and Saturday evenings!

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John Court (FI/UK) & Mark Harvey (NZ): Drop Kick

Friday 28.9. 10.00 – 16.00
Snellmanin puisto Park

Saturday 29.9. 10.00 – 16.00
Kuopio Market Square & streets around

Drop Kick will involve playful endurance/durational actions performed by John Court and Mark Harvey together with apparatuses that they develop in workshops with local youth through a process of guided collaboration. Notions of play will be explored through a sense of free-association in the development of these large objects with participants and the way in which Court and Harvey choose to respond to them through their actions.

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Theatre of Research (DE): Playing Up

Friday 28.9. – Saturday 29.9. 11.00 – 17.00
ANTI pop-up play space | Hallikatu Street 14

Make clothes out of food, lie on top of cars, dance with animals, have a ketchup fight, follow a random passerby, invent your own form of sport, search for miracles. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together.

Playing Up in Hatsala school
Photo: Christopher Weymann


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Anna Maria Häkkinen, Lotta Suomi, Emil Uuttu (FI): Wrestling Club

Friday 28.9. 19.00 – 21.00
Saturday 29.9. 18.00 – 20.00
Element Studio | Maaherrankatu Street 21

The Wrestling Club is a workshop and performance installation. The artists gather to wrestle with local workshop participants to prepare participants’ bodies for the performance. Audiences are invited to follow the pre-written but unrehearsed performance, featuring a loud bass-driven DJ set, and feeling the bodily experience of wrestlers in their own bodies.

Photo above: Kristian Palmu

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Tania El Khoury (LB): The Search for Power

Friday 28.9. 19.00
Saturday 29.9. 19.00
Railway workshop | Pohjolankatu Street 1

Ask for possible open seats: booking@antifestival.com!

Installation performance by Tania El Khoury in collaboration with Ziad Abu-Rish.

On a night with a sudden electricity outage in their Beirut neighbourhood, the artist and her historian husband discussed the history of power cuts in Lebanon…

Tania El Khoury, the 2017 winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art returns to Kuopio with her new commissioned work!

Photo: Ziad Abu-Rish
Photo: Ziad Abu-Rish


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ANTI Festival opens today in Kuopio, Finland!

Media release 25.9.2018

17th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival opens today on Tuesday 25th September in Kuopio, Finland. Internationally celebrated, award-winning artists from around the world will present projects engaged with ideas of play, playfulness, games and gaming.

All festival events are free to attend. Read about the programme of the first festival days below and join in!

For more information, contact Elisa Itkonen, +358 50 305 2005, elisa@antifestival.com.


Festival Opening & ANTI pop-up play space

Tuesday 25.9. 12.00
ANTI pop-up play space | Hallikatu Street 14

The festival opening will be held in ANTI pop-up play space, full of innovative and exciting games and artworks during the festival week. Welcome to meet with the festival team, artists and pick up your copy of the festival programme and ANTIZINE magazine!

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Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot

Tuesday 25.9. – Friday 28.9. 11:00 – 17:00
Saturday 29.9. 10:00 – 16:00
Park next to the Kuopio City Hall | Tulliportinkatu Street 31

As you enjoy the rare opportunity to ride, speak, and listen, remember that Pivot is programmed to consider all words it hears, and is reflecting your own views, and the views of many others.

Three Pivot seesaws will be installed in a park next to the Kuopio City Hall!

We have challenged decision makers from the City of Kuopio to discuss with the town residents while having a seesaw ride. On the opening day, Vice Mayor Jari Kyllönen is available to have a ride with you between 11.00 and 12.00!

Pivot - Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti
Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti

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Sanna From & Riina Hannuksela (FI): I Love Me Lunch Play

Tuesday 25.9. – Friday 28.9. 12:00 – 13:00
Mobile

Have a different lunch break!

The main goal of I Love Me Lunch Play is to get new perspectives on your everyday life. You can play this game in your everyday surroundings, inside or outside, in institutions, work places, schools, malls, parks, yards, streets – where ever!

How to play? Go to our website for the instructions!

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Action Hero (UK): Oh Europa

Tuesday 25.9. 13:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 26.9. – Thursday 27.9. 12:00 – 16:00
Friday 28.9. 18:00 – 22:00
Saturday 29.9. 11:00 – 13:00
Kuopio Market Square

Over 6 months in 2018, Action Hero are travelling over 30,000km across Europe in a motorhome, recording songs of love, hope, heartbreak, loss and desire, sung by the people they meet.

They invite ANTI Festival and the people of Kuopio to contribute to the process by recording love songs in their mobile studio and by encountering material gathered on their journey through Europe’s contested identity.

Photo: Paul Blakemore
Photo: Paul Blakemore


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Hai Art, Antye Greie-Ripatti (DE/FI), Juan Duarte Regino (MX) & Eerika Jalasaho (FI): Sound Map Kuopio

Tuesday 25.9. 16.00 – 18.00
Meet with the Artist Eerika Jalasaho
ANTI pop-up play space | Hallikatu Street 14

A new field-recording sound app for smart devices for the city Kuopio will be launched at this year’s ANTI Festival. Sound Map Kuopio captures sounds of Kuopio in an imaginative, participatory way and ask questions such as which sound do you connect with the city of Kuopio? Which sound belongs to Kuopio, whether you love it or not?

Photo: Eerika Jalasaho
Photo: Eerika Jalasaho

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Meetlab (HU): TRON

Tuesday 25.9. – Wednesday 26.9. 18:00 – 21:00
Ylä-Pyörö school yard | Blominkatu Street 2 (Petonen district)

Thursday 27.9. 18:00 – 22:00
Friday 28.9. 18:00 – 24:00
Saturday 29.9. 18:00 – 22:00
Koljonniemenkatu Street 3

We invite people of Kuopio to play TRON, the legendary and simple one-on-one video game, laser projected on a wall of a building. TRON takes us back in time to the creation of our first video games. Let’s play, cheer and challenge the winners all night long!

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Tania El Khoury (LB): As Far As My Fingertips Take Me

Wednesday 26.9. 15.00 – 17.00 & 18.00 – 20.00
Thursday 27.9. 15.00 – 17.00 & 18.00 – 20.00
Friday 28.9. 13.00 – 15.00 & 16.00 – 18.00
M/S Queen R | Kuopio Harbour  | Kauppakatu Street 1

One audience member every 10 minutes, book your seat: booking@antifestival.com!

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is an encounter through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee.

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Future DiverCities Lab #3 – Public Sharing

Wednesday 26.9. 17.00
Community centre Pinari | Pyörönkaari 19

ANTI Festival will host the third Future DiverCities Lab in Kuopio before and during the festival! In the Lab, artists from different artistic backgrounds and around the globe work together in the frame work of the Future DiverCities project, in relation to each other, the local environment and community, sharing practices and engaging members of the community in artistic interventions.

In the end of the working period, the Lab artists share the outcomes of their collective process in an open event!

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Anna Maria Häkkinen, Lotta Suomi & Emil Uuttu (FI): Wrestling Club workshops

The Wrestling Club workshop aims at preparing participants’ bodies for the performances seen in the festival programme. Anyone, regardless of age, size and gender may participate in the workshop!

Schedule
Wed 26.9. 16.30 – 19.30 – workshop
Thu 27.9. 16.30 – 19.30 – workshop
Fri 28.9. 19.00 – 21.00 – performance
Sat 29.9. 18.00 – 20.00  – performance

Locations and more information on our website. You may sing up by sending email to booking@antifestival.com or calling to +358 50 305 2005!

Kuva: Kristian Palmu - Häkkinen-Suomi-Uuttu: PAINI-esitys
Photo: Kristian Palmu


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One week to ANTI Festival 2018 – welcome to play with us!

Media release 18.9.2018

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival starts in Kuopio, Finland on Tuesday 25th September. The festival programme is responding to the themes of play, playfulness, games and gaming. Experience live art with all your senses!

All festival events are free to attend but we require seat reservations to some performances. Read more below and book now!

In addition to the artistic programme, welcome to the Festival Opening, Future DiverCities Lab sharing event and ANTI Prize Party where we announce the 2018 winner of ANTI Live Art Prize. ANTI Prize Party features an amazing gig by the New York based signer-songwriter Joseph Keckler, performing in Finland for the first time ever.

Join our 2018 Facebook event to follow the festival news!

For more information, contact Elisa Itkonen, +358 50 305 2005, elisa@antifestival.com.


Festival Opening

Tuesday 25.9. 12.00
ANTI pop-up play space, Hallikatu 14

The festival opening will be held in ANTI pop-up play space, full of innovative and exciting games and artworks during the festival week. Welcome to meet with the festival team, artists and pick up your copy of the festival programme and ANTIZINE magazine!

READ MORE


Future DiverCities Lab – Public sharing

Wednesday 26.9. 17.00
Community centre Pinari, Pyörönkaari 19

ANTI Festival will host the third Future DiverCities Lab in Kuopio before and during the festival! In the Lab, artists from different artistic backgrounds and around the globe work together in the frame work of the Future DiverCities project, in relation to each other, the local environment and community, sharing practices and engaging members of the community in artistic interventions.

The 2018 Lab artists are Sanna From (FI), Riina Hannuksela (FI), Joseph Keckler (US) and Bart Witte (NL).

In the end of the working period, the Lab artists share the outcomes of their collective process in an open event.

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ANTI Prize Party

Saturday 29.9. 21.00
Restaurant Panza, Ajurinkatu 26

We announce the 2018 winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art in a video event that will be screened in a live event in Kuopio. ANTI Prize Party is also the festival club you don’t want to miss!

Featuring a show by the New York based singer and musician Joseph Keckler, hailed by the New York Times as ”major vocal talent whose range shatters the conventional boundaries”. Calling on a powerful and versatile voice, Keckler shares highlights of his work: humorous vignettes, haunting ballads, and wild arias about contemporary life that spiral out towards the mythic.

Photo: Nick Williams
Photo: Nick Williams

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Anna Maria Häkkinen, Lotta Suomi & Emil Uuttu (FI): Wrestling Club workshops

The Wrestling Club workshop aims at preparing participants’ bodies for the performances seen in the festival programme. Anyone, regardless of age, size and gender may participate in the workshop!

Schedule
Wed 26.9. 16.30 – 19.30 – workshop
Thu 27.9. 16.30 – 19.30 – workshop
Fri 28.9. 19.00 – 21.00 – performance
Sat 29.9. 18.00 – 20.00  – performance

Locations and more information on our website. You may sing up by sending email to booking@antifestival.com or calling to +358 50 305 2005!

Kuva: Kristian Palmu - Häkkinen-Suomi-Uuttu: PAINI-esitys
Photo: Kristian Palmu

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Tania El Khoury (LB): As Far As My Fingertips Take Me

One audience member every 10 minute! Free slots to book:

Wednesday 26.9. 15.00 – 17.00 & 18.00 – 20.00
Thursday 27.9. 18.00 – 20.00
M/S Queen R | Kuopio Harbour | Kauppakatu Street 1

An encounter through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee.

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Tania El Khoury (LB): The Search for Power

Friday 28.9. 19.00
Saturday 29.9. 19.00
Railway workshop | Pohjolankatu Street 1

Tania El Khoury, the 2017 winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art returns to Kuopio with a new commissioned work!

Book seats by emailing to booking@antifestival.com ! Please tell your full name, name of the work, date and time.

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ANTI Festival 25.-30.9.2018 – Gift for the whole family

Media release 13.9.2018

The 17th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 25th and 30th September 2018. The festival projects are engaged with ideas of play, playfulness, games and gaming. The artistic programme offers experiences to audiences of all ages!

Below our tips for the whole family!

All events are free to attend.


Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot

Tuesday 25.9. – Friday 28.9. 11.00 – 17.00
Saturday 29.9. 10.00 – 16.00
Part next to the City Hall | Tulliportinkatu 31

Rejoice in the safe absurdity of a see saw ride, while our democracy teeters towards ever more dangerous farce. As you enjoy the rare opportunity to ride, speak, and listen, remember that Pivot is programmed to consider all words it hears, and is reflecting your own views, and the views of many others.

Pivot’s field of boldly coloured seesaws invites you to stop and play – and then asks you to think deeply about the commitments you make every day to create this complex world of ours!

Photo above: Gregory Lorenzutti

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Action Hero (UK): Oh Europa

Tuesday 25.9. 13.00 – 17.00
Wednesday 26.9. – Thursday 27.9. 12.00 – 16.00
Friday 28.9. 18.00 – 22.00
Saturday 29.9. 11.00 – 13.00
Kuopio Market Square

Welcome to share your favourite love songs!

Over 6 months in 2018, Action Hero are travelling over 30,000km across Europe in a motorhome, recording songs of love, hope, heartbreak, loss and desire, sung by the people they meet. They invite ANTI Festival and the people of Kuopio to contribute to the process by recording love songs in their mobile studio and by encountering material gathered on their journey through Europe’s contested identity.

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Oh Europa - Photo: Paul Blakemore
Photo: Paul Blakemore

Meetlab (HU): TRON

Tuesday 25.9. – Wednesday 26.9. 18.00 – 21.00
Ylä-Pyörö school yard | Blominkatu 2

Thursday 27.9. 18.00 – 22.00
Friday 28.9. 18.00 – 24.00
Saturday 29.9. 18.00 – 22.00
Koljonniemenkatu 3

We invite people of Kuopio to play TRON, the legendary and simple one-on-one video game, laser projected on a wall of a building! TRON takes us back in time to the creation of our first video games. Let’s play, cheer and challenge the winners all night long!

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John Court (FI/UK) & Mark Harvey (NZ): Drop Kick

Friday 28.9. 10.00 – 16.00
Snellmanin puisto Park

Saturday 29.9. 10.00 – 16.00
Kuopio Market Square & streets around

Drop Kickwill involve playful endurance/durational actions performed by John Court and Mark Harvey together with apparatuses that they develop in workshops with local youth through a process of guided collaboration.

Notions of play will be explored through a sense of free-association in the development of these large objects with participants and the way in which Court and Harvey choose to respond to them through their actions.

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Theatre of Research (DE): Playing Up

Friday 28.9. – Saturday 29.9. 11.00 – 17.00
ANTI pop-up play space

Make clothes out of food, lie on top of cars, dance with animals, have a ketchup fight, follow a random passerby, invent your own form of sport, search for miracles. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together.

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Photo: Seraphina Neville
Photo: Seraphina Neville

Richard DeDomenici (UK): The Swivelympics

Saturday 29.9. 10.00 – 15.00
ANTI pop-up play space

Welcome to The Swivelympics – your chance to achieve international sporting greatness without standing up! The aim of Swivelympics – other than world peace and human understanding – is to complete the most number of spins in one self-propelled push in a standard office swivel chair.

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point and place (UK etc): Hexagons

Tuesday 25.9. – Saturday 29.9.
ANTI pop-up play space

Hexagons is a game created by the artist collective point and place, exploring landscape, the body and acts of communication. Drawing on an archive of images created over 10 years of collaborative practice, the game is made of 33 paired images, printed on beautifully crafted hexagonal pieces.

An invitation to play and explore, Hexagonscan be played as the traditional memory game ‘Pelmanism’ or used as a starting point for creative interaction and improvised play.

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 Games for Health Finland & IGDA Kuopio: Retro Game Corner

Tuesday 25.9. – Saturday 29.9.
ANTI pop-up play space

ANTI Festival’s local partners will set up a spot to play retro video games in good company. Retro Game Corner is a platform for intergenerational sharing and a review of the history of video games!


 Detailed festival programme on our website!

Join our 2018 Facebook event!

For more information, contact Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005.

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Newsletter 8/2018

ANTI Festival starts in a month
Sign up for “behind the scenes” festival experiences
Book your seats
ANTIZINE vol. 6


ANTI Festival, Kuopio, Finland starts in a month

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival 2018 is getting closer and we enjoy the festival opening after a month, on 25th September.  Internationally celebrated, award-winning artists from around the world will present projects engaged with ideas of play, playfulness, games and gaming.

A playful engagement with the spaces of Kuopio, ANTI Festival’s host city, has been at the heart of our approach to bringing vital, exciting and surprising contemporary art to this inquisitive community. For 2018 we’re focusing our attentions properly on play and gaming.

On 29th September, we award ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, one of world’s most exciting cultural prizes. We’ll also host the third Future DiverCities Lab in Kuopio between 21st and 27th September.

Updated festival programme and schedule on our website!

Join our 2018 Facebook event to follow the festival news!


Time to sign up for “behind the scenes” festival experiences:

Volunteer staff

We are looking for volunteers to help us in the production of ANTI Festival. Various tasks are available between 19th September and 1st October and especially during the festival between 25th and 30th September 2018.

We need many helping hands, for example, in assisting and hosting the festival artists, transportation,
roadie and audience work.

If you are planning to visit the festival, join our volunteer staff to network and experience the “behind the scenes”! READ MORE

Photo: Pekka Mäkinen
Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

Wrestling Club

Wrestling Club is a workshop and performance by Anna Maria Häkkinen, Lotta Suomi ja Emil Uuttu, presented at ANTI Festival 2018. The Wrestling Club workshop aims at preparing participants’ bodies for the performance.

The workshop centres around consent, safety, power relations and contact. Anyone, regardless of age, size and gender may participate in the workshop! The workshop will be directed by the Wrestling Club artists and is free to attend.

Wrestling Club
Wed 26th Sep. at 5 – 8 pm.
Thu 27th Sep at 5 – 8 pm.
Fri 28th Sep at 7 – 9 pm.
Sat 29th Sep at 6 – 8 pm.

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Kuva: Kristian Palmu - Häkkinen-Suomi-Uuttu: PAINI-esitys
Photo: Kristian Palmu – Häkkinen-Suomi-Uuttu: PAINI


For more information and sign ups to volunteer staff and Wrestling Club contact Elisa Itkonen: elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005!


Book your seats to these performances!

All festival events are free to attend but we require seat reservations to some performances.

Book seats by emailing to: booking@antifestival.com !

Tania El Khoury (LB): As Far As My Fingertips Take Me
Book your individual 10 minute performance!

Wed 26.9. 15.00 – 17.00 &
18.00 – 20.00
Thu 27.9. 15.00 – 17.00 &
18.00 – 20.00
Fri 28.9. 13.00 – 15.00 &
16.00 – 18.00
M/S Queen R | Kuopio Harbour  | Kauppakatu Street 1

Tania El Khoury (LB): The Search for Power
Limited number of audience seats, book your seat!

Fri 28.9. 19.00
Sat 29.9. 19.00
Railway workshop | Pohjolankatu Street 1


ANTIZINE vol. 6 / 2018

ANTI Festival releases an annual publication, ANTIZINE – both as a printed and online version. ANTIZINE gives voice to people who have been creating the festival; curators, producers as well as artists, partners and participants are given columns to express their thoughts about the upcoming festival and its themes.

As ANTI 2018 is inspired by ideas of play, playfulness, games and gaming, ANTIZINE vol. 6 / 2018 is responding to the same themes. We wanted to find a way to not only talk about games but talk about games through a game. Yet, ANTI Festival’s programme offers much more diverse perspectives to games, it was both the festival themes and the idea of co-creation that lead us as we decided to use a video game as a tool of text creation. This year, we wanted the zine to BE a discussion.

Visit ANTI Festival 25.-30.9.2018 and Kuopio to pick up the printed version!

Tania El Khoury & Ziad Abu-Rish Kuopiossa ANTIZINEn äärellä.
Tania El Khoury & Ziad Abu-Rish Kuopiossa ANTIZINEn äärellä.

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